Basking Shark Spotted off the Calf Yesterday!

I have a verbal report of a large basking shark being spotted off the Calf Sound mid-afternoon yesterday. Hopefully that shark heralds the arrival of a while school. Please don't forget to report your basking shark sightings here!

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More Basking Sharks at Last?

Excellent news! Yesterday (July 16th) at 13:00 , near Port St Mary, immediately due south of the Carrick. we had the first basking shark sighting since 10th June! See the report at http://www.manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/sightings-anal…/id3380/ Hopefully that means another basking shark school has arrived! See all this years sightings reports for this season at http://www.manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/sightings-analysis/

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A NEW Way to Report Your Basking Shark Sightings!

TESTING, TESTING New App developed by Zac at 'Fuzzylogic Solutions' in Douglas: This is an exciting new way to report your basking shark sightings: Please would you test the new Android and Apple Apps? The link for Apple is https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ecosourcer/id1082072674?ls=1&mt=8 The link for Android is  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fuzzelogicsolutions.ecosourcer Scan the QR code on these great adverts from Julie Parys. If you experience any problems with the App please let Zak from FuzzelogicSolutions know so that he can ...

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Special TT Visitors 2018: Basking Sharks Visit Isle of Man

There's nothing quite like a hot TT week to attract lots of exotic visitors from far flung places. Those of us who watch for basking sharks expect the first basking shark school to arrive in our South Western coastal seas in late May, normally about the 20th to the 24th of May so we were getting worried.....then they arrived, just a little late, on 1st June! We have a school of at least 7 large individuals, maybe many more, it's always hard to tell as, being fish that breath with gills, they don't have to come to the surface like whales and dolphins. They have ...

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SHARKS AHOY! First Basking Shark School of 2018 Arrives.

Basking shark off Niarbyl, Port Erin and the Sound today. One is 'Fanch' an 8m male tagged by APECS off the French coast. See our Facebook page for all the latest videos, photos links etc!

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“WHERE ARE ALL THE BASKING SHARKS”? HOPEFULLY COMING SOON!

I've been asking this question myself and many people are asking me the question too. Well the short answer is that after the very cold winter the water (until the last day or so when it's gone up to 12 degrees C) has stayed a little cold for the zooplankton bloom to occur. We did get a report of one solitary basking shark in mid-May but I would 'normally' expect to see the first schools of basking sharks by now. Dr Kev Kennington of DEFA is our local plankton expert. He did a boat survey last week and found that the water off the East coat of the Isle of Man was a ...

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New Basking Shark Posters to Print

The 2018 basking shark season is upon us. Please would you print one or more of these lovely basking shark posters, and put them up in your home, workplace or local shop or post office? The jpg image is an older poster but the new ones with the web link have the new iPhone app QR code on them. They were designed by Julie Parys. http://www.manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/news/posters-to-print/  

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“DEREK’ THE BASKING SHARK’S SATELLITE TAG IS FOUND!

GREAT NEWS! Last night I got an exciting message from David Hall (no relation) in the far Northwest of Scotland. He had found a satellite tag from one of our sharks near Raffin on the Point of Stoer, Lochinver. He saw the writing on the tag's tail fin and realized that it was one of our basking shark tracking tags. David very kindly contacted me via the Manx Basking Shark Watch webpage. When we checked the SPOT tag’s number it turned out to be from a large male basking shark that we had tagged in 2016. We had nicknamed him ‘Derek’ after my father who was ...

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Manx Basking Shark Watch 2017

This report outlines the activities of Manx Basking Shark Watch in 2017. This was not a good year for basking shark sightings as you wll see from the sightings reports but the Manx Basking Shark Watch research team still got some excellent results from the satellite tagging. Find out what happened to "Mae' a beautiful female basking shark we put a tag onto in 2017 and learn more about what happened to several other basking sharks who took their tags to some amazing places, Morocco, Norway, France, Ireland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands! See 2017MBSWReport-locked

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GREAT NEWS: MAE’S TAG IS RETRIEVED AND MAE THE BASKING SHARK IS PROBABLY FINE!

Excellent news! Mae the 7.5m long female basking shark is very probably OK. The story unfolded in front of me last night after quite a lot of detective work that involved me bothering quite a lot of people! Particular thanks to Emmett! This fin photo is NOT of Mae's fin but it shows a large healthy basking shark (number 21 in the basking shark fin catalogue) who's dorsal fin shows evidence of having being temporarily caught in a net. It turns out that at about lunchtime on the 17th November 2017, Mae was swimming at about 100m depth in the Celtic Deep when she ...

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